Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Day 49 of our trip to FL and SE

On the Road Again Tuesday March 15. As we leave Westwego, have to tell you the legend...It was founded in 1870 by the Texas and Pacific Railroad, to build a westward railroad. Travelers heard rail workers yell "West we go!" as trains departed. That's how the town got its name.

It was suggested we stop at Lake Martin in St. martin Parish and were we glad we did. There is a bird rookery and we saw so many blue herons, snowy egrets and spoonbills. It's exciting to see the spoonbills because they have such pretty pink feathers and the birds are not seen as often as others.


Blue heron


Green is not grass but growth on top of the water.

We visited St. Martinville, the 6th oddest city in Louisiana. It is the birthplace of Acadiana. In the mid-1700's the French people in Nova Scotia were expelled. Some came to LA. The called themselves Cadiens but the Americans called them Cajuns.

Long fellow wrote the poem "Evangeline" about the lovers separated because she was expelled.

Evangeline Oak. Said to be the photographed tree.

St Martin of Tours founded in 1765. Rebuilt in 1844.

Old pews.

Replica of the Grotto of Lourdes.

Priest house with the flags of the 5 countries who have ruled this area: Spain, France, First French Republic, United States and the Confederacy.

Some street signs are in French and English. The historical makers are in French and English.

Some street signs are only in English,

We visited the St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center, the African American Museum and the Acadian Memorial. We learned so much about the Cajuns and Creoles.

There was an impressive mural depicting the early settlers of St. Martinville.

A beautiful quilt depicting their journey and new life.

We are staying at Lake Fausse Pointe State Park.

You can see the water around our campsite.

Ibis at our campsite.

As I was making supper I saw the reflection of the sun in the water. Another sunset to post!

The Ranger invited all the campers to a musical performance by another camper. Michael played a variety of music including some Cajun music. It was a musical treat under an almost full moon.

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Location:Cajun Country, LA

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